Airs and graces
DUXFORD s new AirSpace has been formally opened by The Duke of Kent. Following on from celebrations last week, with children the first to see the national exhibition, the building was formally opened yesterday (Wednesday) marking the completion of the £25
DUXFORD's new AirSpace has been formally opened by The Duke of Kent.
Following on from celebrations last week, with children the first to see the national exhibition, the building was formally opened yesterday (Wednesday) marking the completion of the £25million project.
The Duke of Kent, who is president of the Imperial War Museum, was joined by the new Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, James Purnell.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire, chairman of the Imperial War Museum, said: "This remarkable building celebrates not just Britain's extraordinary achievements in the field of aviation, but also the opportunities available to future generations of pilots, engineers, and designers."
In his speech, the Duke said: "This is a very exciting day for Duxford.
"If you don't come into the AirSpace as an enthusiast you will surely go out as one."
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After opening the exhibition, he was shown around by project director for AirSpace Steven Woolford.
The exhibition, which covers 12,000 sqm, displays aircraft along with missiles, ground-handling equipment, and a wide variety of piston and jet engines.
AirSpace also aims to tell the story of flight through a mixture of fun and interactive exhibits, using video, hands-on displays, computers, and historic objects.
Director of Duxford Richard Ashton said: "AirSpace is a dramatic and inspirational celebration of Britain's aviation heritage, which will entertain, educate, and inspire all those who visit.
"The exhibition tells the story of British aircraft and aviation, from the pioneers to the future, and clearly shows the impact of aviation on all our lives."
The Imperial War Museum at Duxford is open daily from 10am.
- For more information visit the website www.flyduxford.org